The pogoing of fans at their 1992 Madstock reunion concert in Finsbury Park caused an earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale.

And now London’s Nutty Boys are set to make the earth move in Hove as they play one of city’s biggest shows of the summer at the County Ground in Eaton Road, on Sunday, June 28.

Madness rose to fame through a series of back-to-back top 20 hit singles between 1979 and 1985, including One Step Beyond, Baggy Trousers, Shut Up and the Labi Siffre cover It Must Be Love.

The seven-piece’s music combined the infectious party rhythms of Jamaican ska music with a keen lyrical wit inspired by their Camden Town upbringing – with subject matter ranging from lovers’ tiffs in My Girl, to a 16-year-old marking his birthday by trying to buy condoms in his local chemists in their sole number one House Of Fun.

The band initially broke up in 1986, but reunited in 1992 for the Madstock concert – which helped remind music-lovers not only of their skills as hitmakers, but also their songwriting nous.

Since the reunion the band has recorded a further three studio albums and the covers collection The Dangerman Sessions. Most recent long player, 2012’s Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da, was the seventh to enter the UK album top ten. They are currently working on their first new material in three years, which will be given an airing on the tour.

Billed as the UK’s biggest open air tour ever, Grandslam Madness will see the band play 19 outdoor shows between May and September, each with its own festival vibe.

So far the only hint fans have received on the website is a clip from classic James Bond film Goldfinger referencing Operation Grandslam.

Their visit will be a sharp contrast to other acts who have played Hove County Ground in recent years, the most recent being UK veteran pop star Cliff Richard.

“We’re delighted to welcome Madness to our wonderful ground for what should be a fantastic event,” said Sussex’s chief executive Zac Toumazi.

“As a club we’re absolutely thrilled to be able to host another world famous artist to Hove as we strive to secure our place as the premier venue in the county for open-air concerts.”

Tickets for the show go on sale at 9am on Friday, February 20, starting from £35, or £99 for a family of four. Premium tickets are also available for £55 including an exclusive tour T-shirt, commemorative pint cup and entry into the Gladness Beer Garden.

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